News

(Sept 2021) New Journal of Physics Publication

Strong interplay between superluminosity and radiation friction during direct laser acceleration is published in New Journal of Physics. We collaborate with Prof. Alex Arefiev’s group to study direct laser acceleration on OMEGA EP.

(Sept 2021) ExHILP 2021 Conference

The 4th Extremely High Intensity Laser Physics Conference (ExHILP 2021) was held virtually. Prof. Willingale gave an invited presentation on “The 3PW NSF ZEUS user facility”.

(Sept 2021) Physics of Plasmas Publication

Confinement of relativistic electrons in a magnetic mirror en route to a magnetized relativistic pair plasma is published in Physics of Plasmas. Dr. Hui Chen’s group at LLNL is a collaborator of Prof. Willingale.

(Aug 2021) NSF ZEUS receives operations funding

The NSF ZEUS facility received 5 years of funding and will ramp up operations, with first light expected in 2022. Read the article at Michigan Engineering Research News.

(Aug 2021) Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion Publication

Multiple species laser-driven ion-shock acceleration is published in Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion. First author publication for PhD candidate Brandon Russell – congratulations Brandon!

(Jul 2021) Physics of Plasmas Publication

(Jun 2021) SULI Introduction to Fusion Energy and Plasma Physics Course

Prof. Willingale presented a lecture on “Short-pulse driven relativistic plasmas” for the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program introductory course.

(Jun 2021) GPAP Summer School on Plasma Physics for Astrophysicists

Prof. Willingale presented a lecture on “Introduction to high-energy-density plasmas and laboratory astrophysics” for the NSF/APS-DPP GPAP Summer School on Plasma Physics for Astrophysicists.

(Jun 2021) European Conference on Plasma Diagnostics

Prof. Willingale gave an invited presentation on “Proton deflectometry to study magnetic field generation, dynamics, and reconnection” at the virtual European Conference on Plasma Diagnostics conference.

(Apr 2021) NSF news story “Even COVID Can’t Stop ZEUS”

Read the article at nsf.gov.

(Mar 2021) Review of Scientific Instruments Publication

(Feb 2021) New Journal of Physics Publication

Towards the optimization of direct laser acceleration is published in New Journal of Physics. Amina Hussein (Applied Physics, 2018) studies how to optimize the acceleration of electrons by varying the target density. 2D particle-in-cell simulations show the importance of the self-generated magnetic fields on the direct laser acceleration mechanism. This work formed part of Amina’s PhD thesis.

(Feb 2021) The 2021 Stewardship Science Academic Programs (SSAP) Symposium

Prof. Willingale, Dr. Paul Campbell, and graduate students Brandon Russell and Hongmei Tang presented our work at the virtual SSAP meeting.

(Feb 2021) Shot days at OMEGA EP

The next two shot days on OMEGA EP at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester, NY for our NLUF campaigns. One campaign is studying self-generated magnetic fields in laser-plasma interactions and the other is to investigate direct laser acceleration of electrons. We again interacted with the LLE team virtually!

(Jan 25-28 2021) Charged Particle Radiography in High-Energy-Density Laboratory Plasmas

Virtual workshop exploring charged particle radiography, with universally excellent talks. Many of my fantastic collaborators made presentations, including Dr. Paul Campbell, Dr. Charlotte Palmer, Dr. Eleanor Tubman, Dr. Mario Manuel, and Dr. Gennady Fiksel!

(Jan 2021) Nature Communications Publication

Observations of pressure anisotropy effects within semi-collisional magnetized plasma bubbles is published in Nature Communications. Ellie Tubman (PhD, York University) used the proton radiography technique to study laser-driven magnetic reconnection.

(Dec 2020) Review of Scientific Instruments Publication

Scintillator detector characterization for laser-driven proton beam imaging is published in Review of Scientific Instruments. Our team worked with PI Dr. Mario Manuel from General Atomics on his LaserNetUS experiment to characterize various plastic scintillators for proton beam detection and imaging using the Tcubed laser at the University of Michigan. This is Tang’s first, first-author publication – congratulations Tang!

(Nov 2020) 62nd APS DPP, virtual!

Paul, Brandon, Tang and Brendan are presenting their work at the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics Annual Meeting, 2020. This year the DPP is running a virtual format due to COVID travel restrictions.

(Oct 2020) Review of Scientific Instruments Publication

Enhanced spatial resolution of Eljen-204 plastic scintillators for use in rep-rated proton diagnostics is published in Review of Scientific Instruments. Our team worked with PI Dr. Mario Manuel from General Atomics on his LaserNetUS experiment to characterize pixelated plastic scintillators for proton beam detection and imaging using the Tcubed laser at the University of Michigan.

(Sept 2020) Physical Review Letters Publication

Magnetic Signatures of Radiation-Driven Double Ablation Fronts is published in Physical Review Letters. Nice work from Paul T Campbell’s PhD thesis!

(July and August 2020) Shot days at OMEGA EP

We took another two shot days on OMEGA EP at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester, NY. One campaign is studying self-generated magnetic fields in laser-plasma interactions and the other is to investigate direct laser acceleration of electrons. Because of the travel restrictions we interacted with the LLE team virtually!

(Mar 2020) Physical Review E Publication

(Feb 2020) The 2020 Stewardship Science Academic Programs (SSAP) Symposium

Prof. Willingale and graduate students Brandon Russell and Hongmei Tang attend the SSAP 2020 in Washington, DC.

(5th and 6th Nov 2019) Shot days at OMEGA EP

We have two shot days on OMEGA EP at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester, NY. One campaign is studying self-generated magnetic fields in laser-plasma interactions and the other is to investigate direct laser acceleration of electrons.

(Oct 2019) U-M to become Mount Olympus with ZEUS, the most powerful laser to be built in the U.S.

The three-petawatt system could unlock secrets of the universe, advance cancer treatments, improve security screenings for nuclear threats, and much more. The NSF is funding the building of ZEUS at the University of Michigan to be an international user facility. Full story from The Michigan Engineer News Center.

(Oct 2019) 61st APS DPP, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Amina, Paul, Brandon and Hongmei are presenting their work at the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics Annual Meeting, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

15th October 2019: Paul T Campbell’s PhD thesis defense

Congratulations to Paul on the successful defense of his PhD thesis! Read his thesis Laboratory Investigations of Magnetic Field Generation and Interactions Driven by High Power Lasers.

(Oct 2019) New Journal of Physics Publication

(Oct 2019) 1st ELI-NP user workshop, Romania

Excited to be attending the 1st ELI-NP user workshop. The 10PW facility is almost ready for the first experiments!

(Sept 2019) “Probing the mechanisms behind some of the universe’s most violent events”

News article on our recent Physics of Plasmas publication.

(Sept 2019) ZEUS: Most powerful laser in the US to be built at U-M

The NSF providing $16 million of funding for the 3 PW laser ZEUS user facility to be built at U-M! Read the press release at Michigan News.

(Aug 2019) Physics of Plasmas Publication

Field reconstruction from proton radiography of intense laser driven magnetic reconnection is published in Physics of Plasmas.

(July-Aug 2019) High Energy Density Science summer school, San Diego

Graduate students Brandon and Hongmei attend the HEDS summer school in San Diego.

(July 2019) EPS 46th Conference on Plasma Physics, Milan

Prof. Willingale and recently graduated Dr. Amina Hussein present invited talks at the European Physical Society (EPS) Conference on Plasma Physics.

13th June 2019: Amina Hussein’s PhD thesis defense

Congratulations to Amina on the successful defense of her PhD thesis! Read her thesis Laser-Driven Electron Accelerators as a Broadband Radiation Source – from Infrared to X-Rays.

31st May 2019: Peter Kordell’s PhD thesis defense

Congratulations to Peter on the successful defense of his PhD thesis!

(Apr 2019) Brandon Russell named a 2019-2020 MIPSE fellow

Congratulations to Brandon on being awarded a MIPSE graduate fellowship for 2019-2020! All of the 2019-2020 MIPSE fellows are listed on the MIPSE website.

(Apr 2019) The 10th Omega Laser Users Group (OLUG) workshop

Prof. Willingale and graduate students Paul Campbell and Brandon Russell attend the OLUG workshop in Rochester, NY.

(Mar 2019) The CERN accelerator school on High Gradient Wakefield Accelerators

Prof. Willingale presents a lecture on “laser driven proton and ion acceleration” in Sesimbra, Portugal. Information on the school at the CERN accelerator school website.

February 28th 2019 is Chirped Pulse Amplification Day and Prof. Mourou speaks at Michigan

Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan has proclaimed February 28th, 2019, as Chirped Pulse Amplification Day in Michigan! Prof. Gérard Mourou speaks at the University of Michigan.

Read the proclamation on the Michigan.gov website.

Read about the celebration on the EECS website and the Michigan daily.

(Feb 2019) PhD student Brandon Russell awarded the Rackham International Student Fellowship

Congratulations to Brandon Russell! The Rackham International Student Fellowship is awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding academic and professional promise. Read the article on the EECS website.

(Feb 2019) National Ignition Facility (NIF) user group meeting 2019

Prof. Willingale, and graduate students Amina Hussein and Brandon Russell attended the National Ignition Facility user group meeting 2019 in Livermore, CA.

(Nov 2018) Mention in National Geographic

Our work on laser-driven magnetic fields gets a mention in National Geographic.

(Nov 2018) Amina Hussein wins best presentation award

Congratulation to graduate student Amina Hussein, for winning a best presentation award at the 2018 MIPSE symposium!

(Nov 2018) Presentations at the APS Division of Plasma Physics meeting 2018

Prof. Willingale, and graduate students Paul Campbell, Amina Hussein, Peter Kordell, and Brandon Russell present their work at the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics annual meeting 2018 in Portland, OR.

Press release on our work: A Stellar Achievement Magnetized Space Winds in the Laboratory

(Oct 2018) Physical Review E publication

Relativistic-electron-driven magnetic reconnection in the laboratory is published in Physical Review E.

(Oct 2018) Nobel prize in Physics awarded for CPA lasers

Congratulations to Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland for their half of the 2018 Nobel prize in physics! Prof. Mourou established the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS) and built our chirped pulse amplification (CPA) lasers here at Michigan! Read the article at Michigan News.

(Sept 2018) New Journal of Physics publication

The unexpected role of evolving longitudinal electric fields in generating energetic electrons in relativistically transparent plasmas is published in New Journal of Physics.

(Aug 2018) Advanced Accelerator Concepts workshop 2018

Prof. Willingale, and graduate students Amina Hussein and Peter Kordell, present their work at the Advanced Accelerator Concepts workshop 2018 in Breckenridge, CO.

(Jun 2018) HEDSS 2018

Prof. Willingale presents lectures on the topic of “plasma diagnostics” at the High Energy Density Summer School (HEDSS) in Ann Arbor.

(Apr 2018) OLUG 2018

Graduate students Amina Hussein and Paul Campbell present posters on their work at the Omega Laser User Group (OLUG) workshop at the Laser for Laboratory Energetics (LLE), Rochester, NY. Amina Hussein wins the student poster prize – congratulations Amina!

(Mar 2018) Prof. Willingale awarded an NSF CAREER award

Prof. Louise Willingale, assistant professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, was awarded an NSF CAREER award for her research project “Relativistic Electron Driven Magnetic Reconnection.” Full story on the The Michigan Engineer.

(Oct 2017) Hercules upgrade: Doubling the power of the world’s most intense laser

The Hercules laser is getting a $2million upgrade, funded by the National Science Foundation, to replace the pump lasers and achieve 500 TW power pulses. Full story from Michigan News.